LHS Junior: 'My Life Has Been Blessed to Excess'
LHS junior Hannah Shaievitz discusses some important observations on giving back. Right now, she's collecting food donations to help local residents in need.
The following letter was provided to Lynnfield Patch by Hannah Shaievitz and her family:
My name is Hannah Shaievitz and I am a junior at Lynnfield High School. Recently my eyes have been opened to the harsh realities others face in their lives. My grandmother has been helping a family in need and brought me along on a visit. There I met three nice Moms and their combined nine children. They were all friendly, well mannered and surprisingly happy and grateful despite living with less than the bare essentials. My life has been blessed to excess and this became obvious to me when I saw what little they have. Like all my friends I have more than I need and then some. Meeting this family made me wonder what I could do to help. One of the things that struck me was how do they get groceries.
I know in my house my siblings and I are constantly complaining to my mom, “There’s no food in this house!” When of course there is plenty. I’ve never had to go hungry. When my Mom comes home with a car full of bags we think it’s a hardship to carry them in the house. Now being a kid I’m not in a position to buy groceries for families in need but the money for groceries is not their only obstacle. How is someone supposed to shop for a family and carry the groceries home on a bus. A bag of potatoes, laundry detergent, milk…how can you carry this on a bus? When I asked my grandmother about this she enlightened me even more. She told me that there are people who buy food then come to these neighborhoods where they know people have no means to get to the market and resell it to them at higher prices. Out of desperation they buy it.
I want to help by at least lightening the burden on some families. I have a car and time to donate and was hoping some of you may be willing to SHARE a food item from your pantry. Just email me at Hannah.Shaievitz@gmail.com with your address and a pick up day and leave your donation in a bag by your door or drop it at my door. It couldn’t be easier. I will pick it up and deliver it to a family in need. Anything from a package of toilet paper to a can of beans would be appreciated. Please forward this along to anyone else who may be lucky enough to SHARE.
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